Peter Ianacone, a freshman at Loyola College in Baltimore, was run over by a deer and knocked unconscious during a recent cross-country meet--and the gags won't stop, even from his mother.
"Now that you've gotten run over by a deer, does that mean you're going to join the Elks Club?" asked Joan Ianacone, according to Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun.
One of Ianacone's nurses asked him, "Aren't you the dear boy that got hit by a deer?"
His favorite movies are now "The Deer Hunter" and "Bambi."
Trivia time: What does the Little Brown Jug signify in college football?
Painful reminder: Jeff King, Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman, is getting into the cattle business. King is leasing grazing land in southwestern Montana. He also has his brand: E-5.
Generalissimo Riley: Pat Riley is no longer coach of the New York Knicks, but Chicago Bull Coach Phil Jackson isn't abandoning their rivalry.
"There has never been a personal rift, only a professional difference of opinion," Jackson told Men's Journal. He said Riley's new deal with the Miami Heat makes him "part owner, general manager and so on. That's what he wanted, total control, to be a dictator of terms."
Rubbing it in: Blackie Sherrod of the Dallas Morning News recalled that Ohio State was leading a team, 60-12, when the late Coach Woody Hayes chose to go for a two-point conversion.
One of his assistant coaches asked him why, and Hayes grumbled, "Because they wouldn't let me go for the three."
Dwindling prospects: With a 2-5 record, University of California football coaches aren't assured of job security.
"It's funny, a year ago you think you might have a chance at a head-coaching job somewhere," offensive coordinator Denny Schuler said. "Now it's a year later and you might wind up going to North Dakota State as a receiver coach and be happy about it."
Trivia answer: It's a trophy awarded the winner of the Michigan-Minnesota football game, a ritual observed since 1909.
Quotebook: PGA Senior Tour golfer Tom Wargo: "I can remember when I couldn't afford a cold beer. Now that I can afford it, everybody wants to buy me one."